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Daniel

Lindenwold, NJ, United States

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  • The Rise and Fall of the British Empire

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Patrick N. Allitt
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (102)
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    (101)

    What were the forces that thrust the British Empire to its extraordinary position of greatness and then just as powerfully drove it into decline? And why is nearly every nation on earth, in one way or another, the consequence of the British Empire?In these 36 lectures, Professor Allitt leads you through four centuries of British power, innovation, influence, and, ultimately, diminishment-four profound centuries that literally remade the world and bequeathed the complex global legacy that continues to shape your everyday life.

    Sarah says: "A good educational course on the British Empire"
    "Drinking water from a firehose.."
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    This review is more a reflection on the idea of "the great courses" than the actual content of this audiobook. I could not get through half of it as the information was shot at me in sporadic stints of haphazard lumps. The presenter jumps frequently through time and space and subject. There is no opportunity to absorb anything or even to be entertained and reflect on a gladwell-ian attempt at perspective.
    I for one will be staying away from these lectures as a whole from here on out.

    1 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5951)
    Performance
    (5557)
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    (5575)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "Downright Silly"
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    At best I would call this 2nd rate recycled X-Men.
    To start with the positives, yes it is a very entertaining listen, decently performed and heart to put down.. But Brandon should have tried a little harder here with the details. Anyone reading a book about superheroes (called epics here) needs to have an imagination and let a few ludicrous occurrences slide here and there, but it went way too far, too often for me.

    One of the superheroes' power is that he never runs out of bullets. Really?? I mean, walk me through that one. He creates bullets in the chamber? Or does the clip magically regenerate the bullets? Surely if he can do that, there are way more efficient and powerful things he can do.
    The main 'epic' of the book turns everything around him into steel.. STEEL a manmade alloy of iron and carbon. I may be being too critical here but as an engineer, I'd like to be humoured a little.
    All epics have weaknesses that bring about their downfall. One of the epics mentioned has a weakness that is that exactly 16 people have to be attacking that epic at once. Then that epic will die.. sorry but some of this just made me rewind and listen in disbelief.

    Those wanting blissful entertainment, not taking it too seriously will be thoroughly entertained though.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Eric Metaxas
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (1002)
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    (1022)

    A definitive, deeply moving narrative, Bonhoeffer is a story of moral courage in the face of the monstrous evil that was Nazism. After discovering the fire of true faith in a Harlem church, Bonhoeffer returned to Germany and became one of the first to speak out against Hitler. As a double agent, he joined the plot to assassinate the Führer and was hanged in Flossenbürg concentration camp at age thirty-nine. Since his death, Bonhoeffer has grown to be one of the most fascinating, complex figures of the twentieth century.

    Alan says: "Very Moving"
    "Sub-par narration to accompany a brilliant story"
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    Dietrich Bonhoeffer is one of the most overlooked individuals of the 20th century. It is very rare to find such a gifted theologian who puts his belief system into practice and actually ends up making the ultimate sacrifice for it. Bonhoeffer was such a man. Having found asylum, a future, and security in America, he returned to Germany to support his people and plot to remove Hitler. He was tragically executed at Hitler's command weeks before the fall of the 3rd Reich.

    This story details the extraordinary events surrounding Dietrich's life while going to great lengths to paint a colorful picture of his ethos and personality through a series of stories. It is awakening and reorienting when considering who we deem to be the heroes of WW2 (Churchill, Roosevelt etc..) when we learn that these men and many more would not even speak to Bonhoeffer and the German resistance because their war efforts and propaganda campaigns depended on their people believing that all Germans were inherently evil and that "the only good German is a dead German."

    Unfortunately, the narration is not befitting of such an epic biography. Monotone delivery with minimal modulation and I found my mind often drifted to other agendas of the day. For this reason, I would recommend that this book be read and not listened to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Control: Exposing the Truth About Guns

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Glenn Beck
    • Narrated By Jeremy Lowell, Glenn Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    When our founding fathers secured the Constitutional “right of the people to keep and bear arms”, they also added the admonition that this right shall not be infringed. It is the only time this phrase appears in the Bill of Rights. So why aren’t more people listening? History has proven that guns are essential to self-defense and liberty - but tragedy is a powerful force and has led many to believe that guns are the enemy, that the Second Amendment is outdated, and that more restrictions or outright bans on firearms will somehow solve everything. They are wrong.

    Beth says: "Understand who is behind gun contol"
    "How to turn a listener off.."
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    Before listening to this audio, I would have considered myself a moderate who doesn't believe in banning guns, but at the same time doesn't believe in liberally handing out AK's along with unlimited ammo to any and all willing to wield them. BLASPHEMY cries Glenn Beck! There is no such thing as being moderate or trying to set limits to anything regarding this precious amendment.

    Oddly enough, I bought this with the open mind and intent to be convinced. To take my views slightly further to the right if the opportunity presents itself. Beck is so immature and condescending in his arguments that I think he may have had a reverse effect on me. He constantly attacks, with unnecessary belligerence, all members of the press and other celebrities who take the other side of the argument. Even anyone who speaks out against automatic weapon bans is not spared his wrath. Poor Piers Morgan is mention with distaste at least 20 to 30 times in this book. Furthermore, Beck is unwilling to entertain any notion of limitation, using ludicrous arguments and extreme scenarios to validate his points.

    One thing I am grateful for is that Beck presents ideas that I had never heard of or thought about. Apparently, there is an ongoing debate to limit magazines to 10 bullets. I liked this idea as why would anyone, in the name of self defence, ever need more without having to reload? Apparently, I am not at liberty to infringe on the God given right of unlimited continuous shots by asking this question.

    Glen Beck could really benefit from a little more refinement and grace in his writing.. yes even while lobbying for an agenda he's seemingly willing to die for.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12528)
    Performance
    (4909)
    Story
    (4947)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    Joseph says: "Good historical setting, but loose story."
    "Incredible work by Follett"
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    I am one of those people who constantly yearns for a good work of historical fiction. Unfortunately for me and my kind, this is the only 5 star in the category I've yet come across.
    This book has everything, entertainment, rich plot, deep characters, historical accuracy and education. John Lee does a brilliant job on narration, with an endless plethora of accents and modulated tones to enhance the experience all the more.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1453)
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    (1221)
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    (1250)

    On May 18, 1860, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Edward Bates, and Abraham Lincoln waited in their hometowns for the results from the Republican National Convention in Chicago. When Lincoln emerged as the victor, his rivals were dismayed and angry. Throughout the turbulent 1850s, each had energetically sought the presidency as the conflict over slavery was leading inexorably to secession and civil war.

    Jeremiah Duncan says: "Beautiful, Heartbreaking, and Informative"
    "19th Century's greatest man"
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    Deep, powerful, concise, and containing some excruciating detail of events during Lincoln's presidency, this masterpiece by Goodwin is more of an education than anything else. Upon completion, it is hard to believe that such a man existed.
    The stories portrayed in this reading give are very well chosen and credit must be given for the plethora of vantage points considered. Well deserving of the Pulitzer!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Barbara Demick
    • Narrated By Karen White
    Overall
    (1565)
    Performance
    (977)
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    (982)

    Barbara Demick's Nothing to Envy follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years - a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung and the unchallenged rise to power of his son, Kim Jong-il, and the devastation of a far-ranging famine that killed one-fifth of the population. Taking us into a landscape never before seen, Demick brings to life what it means to be an average Korean citizen, living under the most repressive totalitarian regime today.

    Gohar says: "The man who wants to be GOD"
    "Eye-opening. Magnificent!"
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    It is estimated that up to 10 percent of North Korea's population starved to death in the 90s. All because of a stubborn power-hungry regime that could not admit defeat.
    Barbara Demick depicts the lives of several young North Korean defectors after they have made their escape to the South via China. The audiobook grips you with their seemingly surreal portrayals.. and refuses to let go. The poverty, desperation, and cultural blindness of the last pure communist holdout is difficult for any of us to understand.. and even harder to accept as it could so easily have been avoided.
    A great listen that is equal parts education and enthralling entertainment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • How to Win Friends & Influence People

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Dale Carnegie
    • Narrated By Andrew MacMillan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9378)
    Performance
    (4097)
    Story
    (4084)

    You can go after the job you want...and get it! You can take the job you have...and improve it! You can take any situation you're in...and make it work for you!

    Ralph says: "This is well worth listening too! Main points are."
    "Essential for LIFE!"
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    I fantasize about a world where all high-schools have an added required class called Life.. with all the course time dedicated to the study and dissection of this masterpiece by Dale Carnegie.
    Carnegie majestically aligns the principles of life and business, showing clearly that strong moral values are not in opposition to optimal business practices. The examples and stories outlined here have stuck with me for years, and I have used them on numerous occasions to make points and sway an audience. Andrew MacMillan's voice accurately mirrors and portrays the essence of what is being conveyed.
    If you never have or never care to read business books, make an exception here!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Steve Jobs Way: iLeadership for a New Generation

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jay Elliot, William L. Simon
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1150)
    Performance
    (744)
    Story
    (737)

    In iLeadership, Jay Elliot gives the listener the opportunity of seeing Steve Jobs as only his closest associates have ever seen him, and to learn what has made him - and the mystique of his management style - capable of creating tools so extraordinary that they have remade three industries and have transformed the way we create, consume, and communicate with each other.

    David says: "a man who actually worked with Jobs"
    "Not bad.. but not Isaacson"
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    In a way, Jay Elliott is the most ideal biographer of Jobs having worked by his side for so many years, but the subjectivity that comes along with that oozes through the cracks here. Not nearly as comprehensive as Isaacson's Steve Jobs, this book nonetheless presents an insightful portrayal of the man.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Law of Divine Compensation: On Work, Money, and Miracles

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Marianne Williamson
    • Narrated By Marianne Williamson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (270)
    Performance
    (232)
    Story
    (227)

    In The Law of Divine Compensation, Marianne Williamson reveals the spiritual principles that help us overcome financial stress and unleash the divine power of abundance. Williamson's words ring with power and truth as she assures us that, with faith in God's promise of prosperity for all, we need never fear the future.

    Martha says: "Excellent book!"
    "Enlightenment"
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    Many who listen to this (I being one) will have nuanced ideological or theological issues with certain parts of this book, but that in no way detracts from the message that Marianne so eloquently delivers. A concise how-to on love, forgiveness, and overall refinement.
    I am not a fan of books written using "fluff" but had to make an exception here and recommend this book highly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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